Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper, Kweku Baako, has confessed to spending the better part of his life smoking Indian hemp, popularly called “Wee”, for 26 years.
The Herald’s information from family sources is that he has also abandoned his favourite liquors; brandy and whisky. He now enjoys chilled Club Beer, despite professing Islam.
He was warned against hard liquor by doctors after his life-threatening situation in February 2007, which landed him in 37 Military Hospital in Accra and later a South African hospital.
Mr. Baako, who is now about 62 years, made the startling revelation on Joy FM’s News analysis programme ‘newsfile’ on Saturday, when he was contributing to a debate on whether to legalise marijuana.
Executive Secretary of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB), Mr Akrasi Sarpong, in the course of the week, said it time Ghana debated the subject, considering the wide-spread use of marijuana.
He said there was “a virtual legalisation” of marijuana, because already “mothers, sisters, girlfriends and wives are using stuff made of Indian hemp for their hair.”
Mr Baako, said on the programme that as a former user of marijuana, he would not advise legalising smoking.
He suggested that the debate should be focused, rather than allowing just anybody to contribute to the public debate.
“It shouldn’t be thrown into the market place for everybody to talk some. We need the experts. The pharmaceutical industries, those who will need it for those things, the psychiatrics ought to be brought on board. “All these things must be done before it even gets to Parliament if there’s any need for any legislation or amendment of any legislation. So it should be a focused things [which is] expert-driven…when it comes to the area of smoking and its negative effects, some of us could be contracted to give our experiences,” Mr Baako said.